JDOM provides a means of accessing an XML document within Java through a tree structure, and in that respect is somewhat similar to the DOM. However, it was built specifically for Java (remember the discussion on language bindings for the DOM?), so is in many ways more intuitive to a Java developer than DOM. I’ll describe these aspects of JDOM throughout the chapter, as well as talk about specific cases to use SAX, DOM, or JDOM. And for the complete set of details on JDOM, you should check out the web site at http://www.jdom.org.
Additionally, and importantly, JDOM is an open source API. And because the API is still finalizing on a 1.0 version, it also remains flexible. You have the ability to suggest and implement changes yourself. If you find that you like JDOM, except for one little annoying thing, you can help us investigate solutions to your problem. In this chapter, I’ll cover JDOM’s current status, particularly with regard to standardization, and the basics on using the API, and I’ll give you some working examples.